When the temperatures rise, so do these crime rates

Is there a method to the madness?

Summer months report a spike in property crime.

According to a special report conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, summer months saw an 11% increase in household property crime (burglary and larceny) compared to those of other seasons.  Moreover, the FBI’s UCR Program (Uniform Crime Reporting) published data that showcased over $970 billion of stolen property in the United States for the year 2020.

Make security your top priority

As we approach the official start of summer, it is important to ensure that we keep our homes, our belongings, our family, and pets safe! Keeping your home and family safe should be one of your top priorities. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to bolster the security of your home.

Consider these top security measures:

  • Install adequate motion-sensor lighting outside every entrance and in poorly lit areas of your home.
  • Install a peephole, chain bolt lock and deadbolt lock on every door to the outside.
  • Keep your windows locked at all times.
  • Store the keys to your property in safe and secure places. Don’t leave spare keys in common hiding spots—such as under the doormat.
  • Keep bushes and trees around your house well-manicured and cut low so that you have a clear view of the exterior of your home.
  • Install timer-controlled lights in the interior and exterior of your home to give the illusion that someone is at home.
  • Purchase a quality home security system from a company with a reputable history and track record. There are many different types of models, so be sure to make a selection that can suit the unique needs of your specific household and living situation.

The value of a security system

Though a home security system may seem like an expensive investment, it’s worth the cost to help protect your property and your family. What’s more, you may even get a discount on your homeowners insurance premium for having the system in place.

For more home security guidance and homeowners insurance solutions, contact us today.

This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice

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